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Quote: Milikan on Theory and Experiment

Science walks forward on two feet, namely theory and experiment ... Sometimes it is one foot that is put forward first, sometimes the other, but continuous progress is only made by the use of both -- by theorizing and then testing, or by finding new relations in the process of experimenting and then bringing the theoretical foot up and pushing it on beyond, and so on in unending alterations. is a quote by American physicist Robert Andrews Millikan (1868 - 1953). The quote comes from Dr. Milikan's May 23, 1924 Nobel lecture.
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-02-16 20:59:00
Date Last Modified 2010-02-16 20:59:00
Date Of Record Release 2010-02-16 20:59:00
Alternate Title February 9, 2010 T&L Webinar
Source Project Poison Applet
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Date Issued 2007-01-10
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Typical Learning Time GfK Custom Research and Media Planning Group
Author Name Robert Andrews Millikan
Author Organization University of Chicago
General Comments Viewers can also download the PowerPoint slides
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Technical Requirements Java
Comments This was the first webinar in the webinar series sponsored by CAUSE. Its purpose was to encourage people who participated in USCOTS 2005 to submit their poster presentations to CAUSEweb.
Content Quality (Concerns) One of the learning goals is for students to distinguish between strong and weak association, however, these terms are not defined in the lesson outline, so the instructor needs to add this element when doing the activity.
Content Quality (Strengths) Accurate statistical analysis package for free. Easy to use GUI, many options for statistical tests. Customizable Scientific graphs. Basic data processing. Test wizard guiding to the correct test...
Ease of Use (Concerns) The applet does not have any instructions on how to use it, but its functionality becomes obvious after trying it one or two times.
Ease of Use (Strengths) The applet is easy to access and for students to use. It requires a minimal amount of time to learn how to use it.
Potential Effectiveness (Concerns) The activity is simple and the students who grasp the concept quickly might quickly lose interest.
Potential Effectiveness (Strengths) Creating visual images is essential in helping students grasp and remember the concept of correlation. The example quiz questions for assessment are a key element in an effective activity.
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